Graduates of the 2019 Spring Session of the SPD Citizens Police Academy


SAVANNAH, GA (August 13, 2019) – The Savannah Police Department is accepting applications for its Fall Session of the Citizens Police Academy, which will begin Sept. 26.

The Citizens Police Academy is a six-week program designed to allow residents to informally interact with members of the department and local criminal justice system. Class participants will have the opportunity to meet officers from each of the department’s specialized units and hear from guest speakers. Highlights of the program include a tour of the 911 center and the SPD precincts; guest speakers from all of the department’s specialized units; a traffic presentation and vehicle pullover simulation day; and defensive tactics and self-defense.

The class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Savannah Police Department Professional Development Center, 3401 Edwin St. Registration is $10. (Only checks or money orders are accepted forms of payment.)

“We are pleased to be holding our second session of the Citizens Police Academy this year,” said Lt. Hiram Rivera, of the SPD Training Unit. “Our most recent participants said that it really gave them a better understanding of police duties and responsibilities while on patrol in Savannah and gave them a first-hand understanding of traffic stops from an officer’s perspective. We believe this course is a valuable experience for any Savannahian.”

To obtain an application, visit an SPD precinct or download an application online at Applications must be signed and notarized. Completed applications can be dropped off at any precinct or at SPD Headquarters, 201 Habersham St. The application deadline is Sept. 20.

Graduates will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to apply for the Volunteers in Policing Program.